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Frequently asked questions on Smoking/Tobacco Cessation

1. What is Smoking Cessation?

Smoking cessation (also known as quitting smoking) is the process of discontinuing tobacco smoking.  Tobacco smoke contains nicotine, which is addictive. Nicotine withdrawal makes the process of quitting often very prolonged and difficult.

2. Why should I come for Smoking Cessation Counselling? Can’t I quit on my own?

Generally people try to quit on their own by either tapering or cold turkey method (abrupt quitting) or home remedies however they bring in lots of relapses and loss of self efficacy in terms of quitting smoking.

Since nicotine is addictive, quitting smoking leads to symptoms of nicotine withdrawal such as nicotine cravings, anxiety, irritability, depression, and weight gain. Professional smoking cessation support methods attempt to address nicotine withdrawal symptoms to help the client break free of nicotine addiction.

3. How long will it take for me to quit smoking? How many Sessions will be required?

It depends on various factors. However it can be said that 3-5 sessions will be required to quit smoking completely without any relapses.

4, What will happen in those 5 sessions?

In the 1st session, counselor will examine your dependence types whether it is physical, psychological or social and will also asses your personality so that he can suggest the right techniques to quit smoking. He will ask you to try few of them and come for next session. Assessing your personality is done because what works for one person will not work for the other person.  This is the unique approach of Chennai Counseling Services.

In the 2nd session, with the right techniques found you would have reduced the number of cigarettes. If not, re-evaluation of the techniques will be done. Whatever works will have to be done for further reduction of cigarettes.

In the 3rd session, number of cigarettes smoked per day would have significantly been reduced. If it is zero, lapse/relapse prevention strategies will be discussed.

4th and 5th sessions are for follow-ups and ensure the maintenance of the new behaviour and no triggers can make you smoke again.

5. How to fix the appointment?

Go to this link https://www.practo.com/chennai/doctor/karthik-lakshmanan-rm-psychologist. Click “Book Appointment Button”. Choose the exclusive 1 hour slot that is convenient to you. Give the details and pay the fee through netbanking/debit card/credit card. You will receive an SMS and email having all the details of the appointment. No further action to be done. Directly come to the clinic 5 minutes before the appointment time. After each session, you can fix appointment for the next one. However make sure that at least once a week,you meet the counselor for effective therapy.

6. Do you offer online counseling? What is the procedure for it?

Yes, online counseling is offered. Go to this page and follow the instructions given. https://counselingchennai.com/online-counselling/

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